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Everything posted by stphnmartin

  1. Thanks. Hope you're swimming with mantas and whale sharks right now!
  2. A few others have mentioned the short clips. It's kinda like Billy Joel's song "We didn't start the fire". You have to slow it down to figure out what he's saying in the fast parts. :-) I'm not much help about real estate on the Islands. I can say a few of my favorite dive sites are on the south side of Lopez Island. :-)
  3. Thanks! Wow, I bet the marine life was much more abundant back in the 70s. I hope you're still diving!
  4. Thanks hyp. I put the full gear list in the YouTube description but used these lenses on a GH5: M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO and Nauticam port M.Zuiko Olympus MZ ED 7-14 f/2.8 PRO and Nauticam port M.Zuiko ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ and Nauticam port
  5. The cold waters of the Salish Sea contain many beautiful and colorful marine creatures. With the world in challenging shape this past year, I feel fortunate to be able to visit them every now and then. Here's a compilation of various visits throughout the pacific northwest. Comments and critiques welcomed.
  6. I had video lights, but opted for ambient light and custom white balance. The speed at which the animals appear and disappear make it difficult to be prepared with appropriate settings and turning lights on/off. 10k lumens will probably be the minimum needed if going that route.
  7. In November I managed to steal an adventure from and otherwise difficult 2020. After getting Covid-19 tested, keeping a temperature log and donning two masks, I ventured to the Socorro Islands for the first time with the GH5 on the Solmar V. I head read all the report of camera housings getting taxed going through customs, but we got the green light when tapping the button and all was good! Spent 8 days aboard the Solmar V with masked crew and divers. The crew was happy to be back at sea again after being shut down for months. I was happy to be back in warm water. Below is the video of the adventure.
  8. I'm using a tripod. The Nauticam GH5 ball mounts with the xit404 tripod legs.
  9. Cool, it's always fun to upgrade. Except for the learning curve! ;^)
  10. Thanks troporobo! If I remember correctly, the wider shots were done using the Oly 12-50 and the closeup on the eggs was the Oly 60mm (on two different dives of course). Both lenses fit the Nauticam 12-50 port.
  11. Thanks Inteceptor121. Am I really to believe you think a still image of a harlequin shrimp reveals almost as much detail as video of its intricate movements due to lens focal lengths?
  12. Thanks aviator8! I appreciate you watching. Yes, 2017 is when I switched from the Sony CX550 video camera to the Panasonic GH5. So, the technology improved being able to shoot in 4k60p.
  13. Stopped in Ambon last October for a few days of diving after a LOB trip in the. Banda Sea. If you haven't dived Ambon it's well worth the stop as the macro life is wonderful and abundant. This was my second time visiting and diving with Critterjunkies. Here's the video of the underwater experience. Comments and critiques welcomed.
  14. Thanks Davide! No, I don't use red filters. For the scene at 1:58 and other parts of the video I used ambient lighting with a custom white balance set in camera with a gray card.
  15. I find VLOG helpful in preventing some purple fringing. This is the first time I've used it extensively.
  16. Thanks dreifish. Appreciate you taking the time to watch and comment. I did apply default level (2.5) sharpening in FCPX to help counter the softness of vlog in some scenes. I'm wondering if you can point out a particular scene that demonstrates the overdone sharpness you're seeing.
  17. Okay, you're talking about the barrel distortion. Thanks for the clarification. I agree not many will notice the shape of the turtles head for the second or two it's at the edge of the frame. I used the 8mm for the sharks. Not the best, but it's what I had with me. Sometimes I compromise between lenses and luggage space! I also have the 7-14 Olympus and would have preferred it should I had it along.
  18. Thanks for the feedback Interceptor121. I'm curious about this statement: "...look for example at the turtle progression and how the 8mm really does not fit that situation." I'm wondering if you can expand upon this as I'm not clear on what you mean. Thanks!
  19. I took a trip aboard the MSY Seahorse in the Banda Sea back in late September/early October. The primary goal of such a trip is to see schooling hammerhead sharks. This was my second attempt and managed to get some good footage of them. It's really quite a challenge to capture them well as you never know when they will show up and how close they'll be. The GH5 has a hard time focusing on such a subject in the water column at a distance. My strategy each dive was to swim off the wall, turn around and focus the lens on a contrasty area on the verge of visibility. Then, I would keep my fingers away from the focus lever for the rest of the dive! When we finally encountered the school, I had to make a few short fin kicks towards them till the focus peaking appeared around them on the monitor, then pressed record! Here is the video of the trip. Comments and critiques are welcomed.
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